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Test of Magnitude (The Torian Reclamation Book 1) by [Kasch, Andy]
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"A great read. It pulls you in right from the beginning."
 
"Detailed and Imaginitave."
 
"...a wonderful specimen of a sci-fi novel. It has all the space adventure a reader could want along with interesting creatures and species of aliens."
 
"The action was so engaging and the characters so real that I couldn't put it down."
 
"Wow, great story, marvelous characters, and great world building."
 
"Dude! This is a great read! Wickedly cool laidback and enjoyable!"

About the Author

Andy Kasch lives in Southern California with his beautiful wife and two neurotic cats. He writes when he is not fly-fishing from his kayak or travelling. The two greatest things to happen in the 21st century so far, according to Andy, are the craft beer revolution and the advent of the self-publishing business. These are good times if you are blessed enough to be in a position to enjoy them. Andy wishes you much benevolence and advises you to lead a balanced life, always. Tulros.

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  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Andy Kasch; 3 edition (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F98VZ52
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I want to begin by saying that when I opt for sci-fi, I tend to head toward science fantasy. No, to be totally honest, I head for the fantasy and look toward things like Jim Butcher’s DRESDEN FILES, or Kat Richardson's GREYWALKER series. That said, Andy Kasch’s TEST OF MAGNITUDE is a really nice change of pace.

We all know that sometimes things “just happen,” and Kasch starts with a wife-sabotaged New Year’s Eve celebration and the abduction of Earth-born Brandon. But like I said, that’s just the beginning. In the writing and the reading, TEST OF MAGNITUDE opens a very large can of worms.

Beginning with alien abduction, answers to the question of life “out there among the stars,” and suggestions of cryogenic survival, TEST OF MAGNITUDE also looks at questions of racial injustice, political intrigue and dynastic support, pro and con military government, and religion. And there is a wonderful crew of imaginative and memorable characters inhabiting this story, bringing the causes and scheming to life.

Oh, yeah, and then there is a highly addictive game in the mix… Whew, that’s a lot! But what’s very interesting is that Kasch manages to make his observations and characters mesh nicely in an entertaining and thought provoking story of intergalactic intrigue. I find it difficult to be more specific without delivering a bunch of spoilers, so you will have to read for yourself.

While not a perfectly written story, TEST OF MAGNITUDE could easily be called “rollicking” because it is definitely fun, enjoyable, and full of energy.
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By Sparta on October 23, 2013
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I am having a hard time placing this novel within the sci-fi genre, it is not hard science, its not about character development, it is a poor military related story. What the story really seems to be about is looking at yourself to bring balance into your life (yin and yang concept). The dialogue was pretty flat.

What I did like was the plot line regarding putting humans into a frozen state as a zoo for alien scientists to study. The first third of the book was about a couple of human specimens taken out of stasis and the process of them learning about the alien culture. So it is a slow developing story. Honestly, there are many more books in this genre that I would suggest reading before this story.
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An intriguing story that I kept thinking about even after I finished the book, though the most interesting concepts are only partially explored and threads of the story are left hanging, possibly leaving things open to a sequel. The concepts explored around balance were particularly thought-provoking and I welcomed them as a central part of the story.

Unfortunately the glaring flaw was the sexism embedded in both the narrative and the entire fictional universe that Mr. Kasch created. I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Every mention of females was dismissive. Only males are in charge, and females mentioned only in the context of looking sexy, raising children, and providing companionship to the male characters. The main character at one point asks about women and is told (by an alien) that he "doesn't have time for those yet". It's one thing to have a human culture value the spatial, strategic and leadership skills of men over women (which is not a bias supported by current science, by the way) but to write that prejudice into all alien cultures is disappointing, unrealistic, and annoying to boot.

I accept the sexism in older scifi from the 70's and 80's as an artifact of history but it's hard for me to believe an author writing in this decade could still have the same blind spots.
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It's difficult to be objective when you review a book that isn't "your type" of science fiction. If you are seeking a 'military science fiction" read with good strategy and tactics--this book isn't for you. This isn't a "hard science" read. It does have a nice "adventure" feel to it with "spiritual" overtones and some "social science fiction" elements.
The read would improve with some editing--the writing style is not crisp and stalls at points.
Having said that--if you enjoy a light read and like an adventure--it's not a bad story.
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What happens to humans once they are abducted by aliens? Test of Magnitude posits one possible situation, and in doing so makes the aliens more "human" than one might expect.

Brandon, who in 2012 ends up being the final abductee by an interesting group called the Torians, finds himself in some ways being a "spokesman" for Earthlings. In addition, he is paired with Derek who was their first abductee, and could be considered the ultimate hippie, kidnapped just before he got to see Jimi Hendrix live in 1968. Along the way they run into politics, differing opinions among scientists and governments, and end up being on the run from one officious group. The backgrounds of both Brandon and Derek are well looked into. The Torian characters are less so, though their development shows within the book itself.

When Brandon and Derek are first awakened from cryostasis, they are rather slow on the uptake about where they are. It drags a little, but picks up fairly soon when they are into their orientation period. There are several aliens who seem to be on the side of the humans: Arkan9, who is a Sheen, or member of what could be considered a religious order that tries to keep the Torians grounded in what they call the "Erob Way". They are "half-breeds", created by the Erob by crossing Erob males with Torian females millenia before to help direct the society in Erob law. Yob3 is a scientist who help with the cryostasis work, and Mip7 seems to be a kind of guide and mentor for the humans as they grow into Torian life.

The alien star system is somewhat unique in that there are two planet in the same orbital path, Banor and Amulen.
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